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OMG So much plastic! How to avoid packaging excess

During my time living in Copenhagen I was a member of an organic local veggie association. Every week I used to go pick up my “dose” of vegetables taking with me a canvas bag, filling it up with potatoes, tomatoes, onions, garlic, salad, beetroots – and again a lot of potatoes, beetroots, potatoes, beetroots, potatoes, beetroots… well, that’s what they eat over there :).

Although we are not lacking similar veggie group purchasing in Italy (es. Cortilia in Milan), I didn’t get the chance to become a member of any of those yet. But I think today I will take action against it, as I was completely shocked at seeing the enormous amount of plastic is used in packaging in supermarkets. I mean, I knew it before… but today I looked down to the cart and…

It kind of hurt my eyes…

And my heart. Think about how much petroleum, processing energy, CO2 emissions, transportation costs, toxins and mould on our food we can save, just by avoiding packaged fruits & vegetables.

Next time you are at the grocery store… Think about this post. Let’s make a change together!

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“Sorry if we used plastic for packaging, but please do recycle it” – What?! Are you kidding me? Of course I will recycle it.

That’s the least I could do, but you, dear producer, should just stop filling up my house, my fridge and my cabinets of it. You and I, we both deserve to nurture ourselves – and leave on a cleaner, healthier Planet.

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Monza Sustainability, Green Lifestyle and Young Entrepreneurs Community on MeetUp

I’m so excited to announce I have opened my first MeetUp group as a facilitator of a local green lifestyle community. I live in a city close to Milan that hosts one of the biggest fenced public parks in Europe, a bomb of energy, natural scents and greenness… Welcome to Monza!

Oggi ho aperto il mio primo gruppo su MeetUp. Utilizzo il servizio già da parecchio tempo e lo trovo davvero utile per incontrare persone vicino a noi, che condividono i nostri stessi interessi. Se volete salvare il pianeta, e nel frattempo divertirvi ed essere inondati dalla mia energia positiva (chi mi conosce sa… ;-)), unitevi al gruppo qui!

A presto il primo incontro…

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A presto e buon weekend,

GA

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Tips on how to organize a sustainable event

I’ve been to the World Fair trade Week conference in Milan to attend the #Fefs talk, a delightful event where I listened to the words of my green blogger friend Francesca Romana Rinaldi (Biofashion), the founder and CEO of @People Tree Safia Minney and director Andrew Morgan of stunning docufilm about fashion industry @The true cost.

Tip #1 • Treat your staff well

If you are organizing an event that brings some good to society, young volunteers will run to help you. However, you should not forget to treat them right. If they have fun and enjoy working at the sustainable event, they will have a good memory of sustainability and the people gravitating around the so-called ‘conscious’ world. You give us all a favour by making possible for young people to associate positive experiences to sustainability, as they will remember it over time – and probably a sustainable mindset will influence their mindset as young parents and adults.

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Tip #2 • Substitute neck straps with everlasting beautiful necklaces

It is difficult to produce a zero impact event. AGICES – the producers of the Fair & Ethical Fashion Show had the wonderful idea of substituting ugly, anonymous and environmentally non-friendly neck straps with beautiful necklaces from the Bead for Life collection. There is no waste and the volunteers will keep the necklace as a conscious gift to themselves.

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I myself have bought Bead for Life jewellery a few years ago and I’m happy to see this project is still alive. They make eco bijoux by turning used colored paper into beads and they realize colorful, elegant and unique bio accessories. Moreover, by purchasing a Bead for Life eco accessory you will assist a social project to eradicate poverty in some areas in Africa (Uganda, Kenya, and others).

Read more here 

Tip #3 • Low impact booth and temporary furniture

Pallet, cardboard, recycled wood, up-cycled furniture, reused, rented or borrowed stuff … It is all good to put together a good-looking, elegant, comfortable and clean environment.

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Link to video recap of Fair and Ethical Fashion Show in Milan 2015 [in Italian]

Until next time,

GA

Fashion Revolution Initiative Italy

Today Green Addict participates to the Fashion Revolution campaign! Who made your clothes? 

Bermuda by Individuals, the 100% Made in Italy visionary brand of bikini & underwear (and other crazy stuff… 🙂 )

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UnderWear & Wine | Event invitation

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Tomorrow I’m hosting this event! Come and enjoy

Classical music

A glass of good organic wine

Underwear collection display

A cozy cafè space run by a collective of artists

A live ballet dancing performance

Free entré

Let’s celebrate the Danish debut of INDIVIDUALS!
The designer brand is making his way from Milan to Copenhagen, stopping by Vi mødtes gennem ruden Kaffebar. Enjoy a glass of øko wine while assisting at live ballet dance performance.
Shop unique pieces of sustainable UnderWear, Culottes, Bodystockings, Leggings and Vests. INDIVIDUALS Pop-up shop is opened from 3 pm.

Step into the Mood!
http://www.pinterest.com/ecosfl/underwear-wine-event/

About the brand
INDIVIDUALS is a beachwear and underwear visionary brand. Designed, handcut and sewed in Italy. Loved worldwide. http://1000individuals.tumblr.com/

Oikos Swap Style, the sustainable fashion event

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know I’m a swap market fan and here is why:

– You can find crazy things for free that seem to be made only for you (like the Italy T-shirt I’m wearing in the picture)

– You get to try different style of clothes you would have never bought otherwise

– You live the thrill of the treasure hunting… and it’s a lot of fun!

Watch the video

As part of my volunteering activities at oikos Copenhagen*, together with the EventLab team, I organized an event to raise awareness about sustainable fashion consumption. As our guest speakers, we had the pleasure to host Sarah Netter, CBS researcher at Minstra Future of Fashion, and Johanna Topoocoo, project manager at Danish Fashion Institute (DAFI). Following the learning through experience format, part of the event was a real swap market, where people could trade used clothes and accessories in good conditions for free.

My friend Julie Sunflower joined the event and she realized this footage for her videoblog. She got very nice stuff from the swap… I just realized I was too busy with my PR activities :D! Follow Julie on Instagram!

Thank you for sharing!

Stills from the video

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*WHAT IS OIKOS
oikos is a non-profit student organization, which brings together university students living in Copenhagen interested in environmental, social and financial sustainability and responsible business.  Their main tool for increasing awareness about sustainability issues
is organizing and hosting events. oikos-copenhagen.org.